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The Biggest Mistakes Companies Make When Migrating to the Cloud

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 25, 2017 7:13:00 AM / by Walter Corcoran posted in Cloud Migration

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Perhaps the biggest mistake organizations make when considering moving IT infrastructure to the cloud is overestimating the cloud’s abilities to streamline and simplify. For many, the disappointing reality is that the cloud, like any IT ecosystem, requires some accommodation – not everything can simply “move to the cloud.” It takes some amount of tweaking.

This is especially true for big legacy applications, and particularly those that have been significantly customized and modified over their lifetimes in response to business and operational process evolution. This then raises the question for IT managers, “do we lift and shift our legacy app to the cloud or re-architect the software and then move it?” 

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How Much Will You Save When Migrating to The Cloud?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 11, 2017 8:47:00 AM / by Walter Corcoran posted in Cloud Migration, Cloud ROI

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Cloud computing has been around long enough – and established itself well enough – for most organizations to move beyond the initial question of “is cloud computing just a fad?” to “will we save money by moving to the cloud?”

To answer that second question, it’s important to carefully consider a number of direct and indirect factors that affect cloud migration. Direct factors include things such as hardware and software costs, licensing, network infrastructure and labor. Indirect factors are a little more fuzzy because they cover such “soft” issues as operational efficiency, productivity, compliance and business continuity risk, even the capex value of potential future purchases that will be avoided by moving to the cloud. Savings can go far beyond simply the value of all the IT stuff you no longer will have to purchase and maintain.

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An Inside Look at the Pros and Cons of In-house vs Cloud-Based Systems

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 27, 2017 8:03:00 AM / by Walter Corcoran posted in Cloud Adoption

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Just a few years ago “the cloud” was a new, unproven concept in computing, requiring a leap of faith by enterprises bold enough to jettison their expensive, dedicated, in-house IT infrastructure and trust their computing and storage to some nebulous, unseen, off-site environment over which they had little control.

Today, adopting cloud-based systems is seen as an opportunity to virtually eliminate capital investment in IT infrastructure, a way to unburden your corporate self of the relative inflexibility of in-house servers and the resource drain of expensive premises-based datacenter storage. There’s also the human resources the cloud frees up from systems operation and maintenance, not to mention the software purchases and upgrades no longer needed.

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Computing Resources When and Where You Need Them

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 13, 2017 7:31:00 AM / by Bob Gleason posted in Cloud Adoption

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One word that’s on the lips of IT professionals today is “responsiveness.” The evolution of wireless IT infrastructures and the explosion of smart device usage and software-as-a-service (SaaS), coupled with the growing popularity of Big Data as an essential customer relationship management tool is pushing real-time responsiveness to the front of every business computing line.

However, enterprises still tied to legacy, premise-based infrastructures are hamstrung when it comes to providing their workforces with true responsiveness and adaptability -- the kind of “anywhere, anytime” ability to respond to customer inquiries and resource demands that every customer service rep, remote worker, and on-the-road employee would give an arm and a leg for. There’s a simple answer, though, and that’s the cloud.

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Migrating to the Cloud: 4 Tips for Beginners

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 2, 2017 7:26:00 AM / by Walter Corcoran posted in Cloud Migration

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If you’re a business professional, you already know all too well the lightning pace at which IT is evolving. Yesterday’s cutting edge IT infrastructure is today’s antique computing platform, politely referred to as a “legacy system.” And while costs for in-house systems can remain high, performance can quickly degrade to low. 

That’s why it seems everyone is moving to the cloud. Proprietary, on premise systems and datacenters are rapidly being replaced by cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS).

The exploding growth of Big Data is driving a parallel demand for larger, more flexible and scalable datacenters which can quickly escalate costs and resource consumption. As a result, enterprises of all sizes are switching to cloud-based IT ecosystems to avoid getting stuck with the slow-to-grow, heavy iron of an in-house infrastructure. Think of migrating to the cloud as an insurance policy against obsolescence.

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